Is Luke Skywalker Using Dark Side Force Powers in The Mandalorian?

So I got to reading about Luke this weekend and found out that Luke Skywalker did eventually fall to the dark side of the force! I know!! Trust me this is HUGE for me because I never knew that happened to him. Seeing as I am really a Star Wars cinematic universe fan rather than an EU and I am not all that keen on “what is” and “what isn’t” canon (because it’s just so confusing now), this is a big deal.

So this is where I read about Luke succumbing to the dark side of the force in order to beat the cloned Emperor:

The rise of the cloned Palpatine shook Skywalker out of his solitary existence. As foretold by Bodo Baas’s Master a thousand years earlier, this was a critical time during the history of the Jedi. Faced with a seemingly unbeatable foe, Skywalker decided to train under the Emperor in order to undermine the Empire from within. However, in doing so, Skywalker succumbed to the influence of the dark side. He was brought back to the light side by his sister, Leia Organa Solo, who also stole a precious Holocron from the Emperor. On the run from Imperial forces, Luke and Leia gathered around them a cadre of Force-sensitives that Luke began to instruct. These included the redeemed Kam Solusar, Vima-Da-Boda, the Ysanna siblings Jem and Rayf, and Great Jedi Purge survivor King Empatojayos Brand.[32]

Defeating the Emperor did not come without a price—Jem, Rayf, and Brand lost their lives, while Vima fled back into the underworld.[33] The cost to Luke was dear also – his experience under the dark side’s sway would scar his soul permanently. However, he gained an appreciation of his own strength, and a deeper realization of what it would cost to return the Jedi Knights to the galaxy. This ideal, and his enhanced powers made Luke the first new Jedi Master of the reborn Jedi Order. Other gains made were the redemption of Kam and the acquisition of the Bodo Baas holocron.

Via star wars fandom

According to that web page, it’s canon and part of Legends. So when people are saying Luke never fell to the dark side, I am guessing they are not including any of this Legends content in their critique of the Star Wars universe. Hence my reason why I mentioned the whole canon thing being a little confusing.

UPDATE: Please note that Luke’s appearance above IS NOT CANON. Thanks to Tina for clarifying that. So technically, Luke has never succumbed to the dark side. That still doesn’t explain his force choking or using force crush in The Mandalorian’s season two finale.

But the reason for my post is during the scene in The Mandalorian where Jedi Luke Skywalker is shredding through the Dark Troopers, the very last one he attacks seems to be imploded or crushed with the closing of his fist. I do not know if this is a light side ability because it seems more like this ability which is a dark side power:

Force Crush

Force Crush was possibly the darkest Force ability known to both the Sith and the Jedi. It was a more advanced form of the Force Grip ability.

This ability lifted the opponent into the air, and as they were floating, their body literally imploded as it was crushed from within by the Force.

Common among followers of the dark side, by 3,951 BBY many Force users could use the ability. The opposite Force power, which expanded and exploded a victim, was known as Force Expand.

Stated as being “the darkest” force ability known to the Sith and the Jedi meaning Jedi were most likely able to learn it if they had mastered the dark side of the force. Perhaps this is what Luke has done, making him an even more powerful Jedi.

There are Jedi who use both light and dark sides of the force – Mace Windu is one such Jedi Master who manipulates both sides of the force. So it’s not that big a stretch to say that Luke has mastered the same abilities in his training, particularly since it’s canon that he did indeed succumb to the dark side’s influence to defeat the cloned Emperor Palpatine.

What do you think about this? Did you know that Luke had ventured towards the dark side?

Let me know in the comments friends 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Is Luke Skywalker Using Dark Side Force Powers in The Mandalorian?

  1. Hmmm, this is interesting. I’m not sure how it can be canon if it’s from Legends–by its very nature, if it’s from Legends, it’s NOT canon. It’s an interesting story, though. But even setting that aside, Luke has flirted with the dark side before–when he enters Jabba’s palace in ROTJ, he Force chokes those Gamorreans. And of course, when he faces Vader, he nearly succumbs to the dark side until he stops himself. But I was still a bit surprised when I saw him do that to the Dark Trooper. We’ve never seen Luke do that before. It’s odd. He could have just sliced it up like the he did the others, but he didn’t. What do you think it means, if anything?

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    1. Hmm that is kinda odd on the Fandom page it says “Legends” and “Canon” so I was like huh? Perhaps it is different parts of the article that are canon and legends so the part I used in my post is most likely the Legends portion but I am not sure lol that page confused me. But yeah he did use dark force powers when he went to see Jabba, pretty sure that was force choke which is a dark side ability. So gahhhh lol he must’ve learned it somehow and it’s not a light side thing

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      1. Yes, I think those articles are divided into Canon and Legends, and you have to click the tab to get each one. Took me a while to figure that out, too! It’s a great resource, but confusing. Or rather, the fact that Star Wars now has two different categories is confusing! I wonder if Luke just intuited how to Force choke. He is Vader’s son, after all, lol.

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